December 1961

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  • Prepared Rejoinder for a Gallery Opening: For J. And M. Berger

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Books for Children: A Christmas List

    CHARLOTTE JACKSON,who is the author of seven juveniles, is children s-book editor for the San Francisco CHRONICLE.

  • Potpourri

  • France

  • Indonesia

  • At the Hemingways: Walloon Lake

    The origin and upbringing of a ,famous writer are of permanent interest to those who admire and study his work. For his first eighteen years, Ernest Hemingway lived in the midst of a happy family, spending his winters in Oak Park. Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where he made a name for himself in high school, and the summer holidays at the family collage at Walloon Lake, Michigan. No one has a clearer picture of these formative years than his sister MARCELLINE HEMINGWAY SANFORD,eighteen months his senior. At the editor’s urging, and to hand down a true account to her children and grandchildren, she began to record her recollections in 1956, and in her book, which will be published under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint, ice see the influence of Grandfather Ernest Half known to the family as “Abba,” and of the storytelling great-uncle, Tyley Hancock: the strong ivill of Dr. Hemingway, Ernest’s father, to whom he was devoted: and the resourcefulness of his mother. Most important, we watch the boy’s development and independence. This is the first of three installments to appear in theATLANTIC.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • The Failure of Communism:--and What It Portends

    A professor of history at Harvard who has achieved national eminence for his study of the immigrant in America, OSCAR HANDLIN teas awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book THE UPROOTEDin 1952. He is now director of Harvard University’s Center for the Study of the History of Liberty in America, and has just returned from a trip to the Orient.

  • A Trip to the Country

    A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago Divinity School, PIERRE HENRI DELATTREhas lived in the Bay Area for the last six years, working at a number of jobsswitching on the railroad, student Y work at the University of California, and as minister of the Bread and Wine Mission, a coffeehouse in San Francisco’s North Beach. Now working part-time as a cabinetmaker, Mr. Delattre is involved in starting a repertory theater in San Francisco, has finished a short play, and is writing a novel.

  • Food Fads for Athletes

    DR. JEAN MAYER, associate professor of nutrition in the Department of Nutri~ lion, Harvard School of Public Health, is also a lecturer on the history of public health at Harvard and a consultant in nutrition to the Children’s Medical Center, He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

  • Learned Hand

    One of the greatest judges ever to sit on Ihe federal bench, Learned Hand was passed over by seven Presidents in their appointments to the Supreme Court of the United Stales. JUDGE CHARLES E. WYZANSKI, JR., who was appointed to Ihe United States District Court of Massachusetts in 1941, recounts the career of this extraordinary jurist whom he once served as secretary.

  • A Word in December

  • Red China's Population Problem

    Educated at the University of Madras, Columbia, and the London School of Economics, S. CHANDRASEKHAR IS director of the Indian Institute for Population Studies in Madras. He has made a number of trips to Red China, the last in 1959. I his year he has been visiting professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Ambulances

  • Lawrence Durrell

    Representing the ATLANTIC in Europe, Mr. Cate was born in France and received his education at Harvard and at Oxford. This evaluation of Lawrence Durrell’s work is based on several meetings with the author of the Alexandria Quartet.

  • Nineteen Sixty-One

  • The Other Home

    FRANCES MCFADDENwas managing editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR for eleven years before World War II, and then went to London as an editor for the Office of War In formation, where she worked on magazines for the Continent before the liberation. She is now living and writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • To an Astronaut Dying Young

  • Accent on Living

  • Let's Help the Kids With Their Ids

    C. S. JENNISON, who lives in Sheffield, Vermont, is a frequent contributor of poetry and prose to the ATLANTIC and other magazines.

  • Nil Admirari

    STEPHEN BARR is a free-lance writer who lives in Woodstock, New York. This is his second appearance in the ATLANTIC.

  • You Can't Go Home

    WALTER M. GIBB is on the news staff of the Baltimore SUN and has written several light pieces for these pages.

  • Around the World

  • They Shall Have Music

  • The World of Upton Sinclair

    Author and teacher, HARVEY SWADOS started his writing as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan and now has to his credit two novels and two collections of short stories, the most recent being NIGHTS IN THE GARDENS OF BROOKLYN.Mr. Swados has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, at the University of Iowa, and at San Francisco Stale College, and is now living abroad. The following appraisal of Upton Sinclair will appear in his new book, A RADICAL’S AMERICA, which will be published in March under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.

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